St. Louis has a lively music scene with many places where you can enjoy live bands. Whether you prefer a large venue with loud, heart pumping music, or you prefer a more laid-back atmosphere, there is a place for every music lover. These are some of the best places to hear live music in St. Louis.
The 1860 Saloon is the place for live blues music in St. Louis. Stop by any night of the week to listen to live blues bands, and on the weekends, when the fun gets started in the afternoon. Built in the 1800s, the building that houses the saloon was once a two-family townhouse. It now features a vintage bar and wood floors which add to the ambiance. The music varies each night and includes everything from soulful blues sung by a single stage performer to rock blues from a popular local band.
Broadway Oyster Bar
Listen to all kinds of music at the Broadway Oyster Bar. This place offers a party atmosphere with live performances twice daily and music that lasts until 2 a.m. on most nights. Head here to listen to anything from blues, to rock, and everything in between including reggae, Cajun, and even soul and funk. On most nights admission is free, but there is sometimes a small cover, depending on the band. This place also has a great menu with delicious food selections to munch on while you listen.
Evangeline’s Bistro & Music House
In the Central West End of town, you’ll find Evangeline’s Bistro & Music House. This is a great place to listen to offbeat music, and musicians you won’t hear in the mainstream locations. It is a smaller venue with a cozy atmosphere, and it tends to fill up fast, but if you plan ahead and make a reservation, you can make sure to get a table. If you’re not interested in dining, you can just hang out at the bar and listen to the music while you have a drink. There is always live swing music during brunch, and there is never a cover. Weekly lineups are worth keeping track of, and Sunday’s are worth checking out too.
The Heavy Anchor
If rock is your preference, head to The Heavy Anchor in the South City neighborhood. Here, you can listen to original rock bands, or get your fill of punk, grunge, and alternative rock. This is a self-proclaimed dive bar and a favorite with the locals. There is always live music Thursday through Saturday, with a separate bar and music room. Expect to pay a small cover to get into the music room, but it is worth it to see some of the best of the up and coming bands from in and around St. Louis.
These are just a few of the many venues where you can listen to live music in the St. Louis area. You can be sure that there are many other options throughout the city, offering all types of music.
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